Advantages of using SVG Icons & Images

Advantages of using SVG Icons & Images

workspaceOctober 18, 2017

The uses of SVG Graphics are among the most important web design trends for 2017. It is recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) since 2003, but it was underused due to partial support on Internet Explorer (IE). But things are changing today… 

The huge advantage of SVG icons & images is the possibility to scale them to whatever size we want without losing quality. This is mainly the reason why they are useful   for designing company logos and other designs that are most often resized. Every designer should pay attention in assuring a good scalability to their work.

  1. Easy to create.

There are plenty user friendly vector graphics editors that could be used to create SVG graphics, like Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw. There are also some very good free websites like flaticon (www.flaticon.com), iconfinder (www.iconfinder.com)

  1. Easy to edit

SVG are easy to edit, which represents a huge advantage over rasterized graphics. If you want to make changes to your vector graphics, all you need is a text editor, or even easier, use a vector graphic editing tool. Important to know, components in a vector graphic can be individually manipulated, so when editing, there’s no need to build anything from scratch. Changing basic appearance attributes like color, outline and fill can be done very easily and quickly.

  1. Smaller file sizes

Having a smaller file size makes transferring and loading graphics much faster on the web. That’s the reason why many people prefer to use vector graphics, for you could easily view them on the web without needing to wait for a long time in order to see the entire image. Even if you’ll make a huge image, it will still have a smaller file size compared to a similar raster image.

  1. Ideal for details

Since vectors uses lines, it is easier to create very detailed graphics. Also, illustrations will look sharper than high resolution photographs no matter what you’ll use them for. They are a lot clearer and easier to understand. Vector graphics also look better in print and are sharper, too.

  1. File size based on complexity

Vector images are small files. They are based on how complex or difficult the image is, how intricate the lines are and how complicated the points are. The size of these graphics is not based on the size or color depth.

So, readers I hope you will now use SVG images over PNG images. If you have any suggestions, free to comment below.


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Viraj khape

A passionate UI and Graphic Designer who loves to share his knowledge.